Category Archives: Immunodeficiency

Health Insurance Hints

As the New Year comes, health care is going to face challenges. Questions abound about the implementation of Obamacare. More importantly, how are all these changes going to effect you, the patient — I refuse to say healthcare consumer. Here … Continue reading

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Medical Upselling

The practice of medicine is undergoing momentous changes.  The vast majority of physicians provide good ethical care but there has been a growing trend of physicians offering services that may be outside their scope of training.   Health care systems … Continue reading

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SCID screening in Pennsylvania

Important information from the IDF regarding SCID screening in PA. If your hospital is on the list below they are not, according to PA DOH, screening for SCID — a severe life threatening pediatric immunodeficiency. Help save a child’s life … Continue reading

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Electronic Communications

Over the past several years there has been a trend to try and push physicians to communicate electronically with patients. This means of communication raises several interesting issues — all of which which could be topics unto themselves – but … Continue reading

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Hand Washing

Over the past several years there has been great attention focused on health care practitioners and their hand washing – or lack there of. Recently, one institution has gone so far as to install cameras in their ICU and in … Continue reading

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Newer is not necessarily better.

I came across this article (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/in-medicine-falling-for-fake-innovation/?ref=health ) written by one of the faculty at UPenn. In this article he discusses how a new technology, the daVinci Surgical Robot system, while an innovative and cutting edge technology, has increased heatlhcare costs … Continue reading

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Patients are not metrics

     I was at a meeting the other day and was listening to a report about the performance of a hospital. All these metrics were being measured and we, the physicians, were being told about how good we were … Continue reading

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SCID Screening

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) is a congenital immunodeficiency that if not detected in the first few days of life invariable is fatal. Fortunately this is a very rare disease BUT for those with SCID that is not detected the consequences … Continue reading

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Will Healthcare systems really bend the healthcare cost curve?

The other day a physician colleague of mine asked me a question about a patient. The patient, who had already been seen by another Allergist,  was referred to another physician ( “the consultant”)  for evaluation. The consultant was in the … Continue reading

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Health Care Insurance

Over the past few months, there have been hearing increased conversations about the high cost of copays for office visits. It is not unusual to see co pays for office visits to be in the $40 – $50 range. This … Continue reading

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